Wokingham Council Leader Backs Strive

Wokingham Council Leader Backs Strive

Wokingham Borough Council’s ongoing drive to help unemployed people to help themselves will take another step forward this month (January) with the launch of a business start-up course for out-of-work tenants.

The course will be run by Enterprise Cube, which specialises in dynamic and interactive learning, and will provide inspiration and practical support to help those currently unemployed to start their own business. Topics covered during the 12 one-day workshops will include finance and support, business planning and sales and marketing.

The course is being organised with local social housing providers Housing Solutions, Catalyst and Sovereign and is primarily aimed at council and social housing tenants.

Wokingham Borough Council leader Cllr David Lee said: “This course is a fantastic opportunity for people to turn their dreams into reality. This is all about helping people to realise their potential and take control of their lives rather than remaining dependent on unemployment benefit. The idea of supporting somebody to go from out-of-work to self-employment is close to my heart and something I am passionate about.

“Importantly, this course is practical as well as aspirational. We know from courses run elsewhere that exciting things are possible – businesses started by people on these courses have included photography, hat-making, film-making and organic dog treats. I am looking forward to a range of new business start-ups coming to the Wokingham Borough in the near future.”

The free course will start on Wednesday January 29 and anybody interested in taking part should contact Jennifer Platt at Housing Solutions on (01628) 543 123.